Harbor Research Acquires SSI Partners to Further Strengthen M2M/Pervasive Internet and Remote Services Market Leadership

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Harbor Research Inc. announces it has reached an agreement to acquire Pittsburgh based consulting firm SSI Partners, LLC

Harbor Research Inc., a technology consulting and research firm, has announced today a definitive agreement to acquire SSI Partners, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on helping organizations maximize the revenue and cost savings they can achieve with remote service offerings.

This move is the third action taken by Harbor Research within a year to expand its coverage of the M2M/Pervasive Internet and related remote services markets. In the latter half of 2005 Harbor acquired peer, Bay Area analyst firm Wireless Data Research Group and merged with leading European M2M analyst e-principles. Those combinations broadened Harbor’s coverage of new technologies, market forecasting and analysis of key suppliers and adopters of pervasive wireless solutions.

The acquisition of SSI Partners compliments Harbor’s well-established work in the emerging M2M/Pervasive Internet market. Harbor Research has been at the forefront of articulating the business models driven by the enablement of devices that can be monitored and managed over an IP network. SSI is known for offering strategic business planning and implementation of remote services (or “smart services”) to major product manufacturers, particularly in the medical device arena. The combined capabilities strengthen Harbor’s unmatched range of services for companies seeking to gain competitive advantage from the shift of product-centric to service-centric business models. Harbor Research expects the transaction to close by the end of its second fiscal quarter (June 2006).

Glen Allmendinger, founder and president of Harbor Research, cites a windfall of expertise and experience that SSI brings to Harbor’s offerings, “There is probably not another outfit that exists today that knows more about this space and has imparted its knowledge of remote services with such visible success as SSI. We couldn’t ask for a better a fit to accompany us in our mission to help companies realize how monumental the shift to smart services is for the global economy.”

SSI Partners Managing Director Jack Levin commented, “ By combining our complementary skills and experience, our clients can achieve an unprecedented competitive advantage in the marketplace and get there with minimum friction. The value we create for them makes it a no-brainer to combine these two companies.”

Last week, Harbor Research announced the release of its new M2M/Pervasive Internet Market Forecast. This report includes all M2M networking devices, covering both Fixed (Wireline) and Wireless technologies. Wireline includes Industrial Ethernet, while Wireless includes Cellular (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA/1xEV-DO, 3G), Satellite, Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, ZigBee (+ other 15.4) and other related technologies that are increasingly being used in the rapidly growing M2M market.

More details at http://www.harborresearch.com

About SSI Partners

SSI Partners, LLC is a consulting company dedicated to helping organizations maximize the revenue and cost savings they can achieve with remote service offerings. The company assists with planning, implementation, and realization of the benefits of remote service. SSI has worked with market leading product service organizations in healthcare, life sciences, hi-tech, and industrial sectors.

About Harbor Research

Harbor Research, Inc. has been providing strategic consulting and research services to clients for more than twenty years. With a reputation as specialists in understanding emergent and disruptive opportunities in high technology, the company works with clients who seek to establish strategic advantage in changing markets. Harbor Research’s ground-breaking Pervasive Internet research is widely regarded as the definitive work on the business impact of integrating networked devices into business processes.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Harbor also has offices in Boston and London, UK.

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Marc Kriessmann

Harbor Research, Inc.

415.615.9400 x23

415.615.0454 fax



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